Africa’s most popular TV reality show, BBNaija is here again and this year’s event happened to be the sixth edition.
This year, the housemates are known as the STREET GANGS and as usual, they are twenty in number, ten males and ten females and this year, the show has the theme, SHINE YA EYE.
Their names are;
Three months after, Buhari yet to sign Electoral Offenses Commission Bill into law
The Electoral Offences Commission Bill, which was passed into law three months ago by the Nigeria Senate, is yet to be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Checks by DAILY POST revealed that the bill, which its legislative debate started much earlier and which was meticulously handled by the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), headed by Senator Kabir Gaya representing Kano South Senatorial district, was finally passed into law on 13th July, 2021.
However, for undisclosed reasons, the bill has not been signed for it to become an act three months after it was passed into law.
Much and strategic as the Electoral Offences Commission bill was, it was believed that it would sanitise political elections in Nigeria. Unfortunately, neither has President Buhari raised an observation and return it to the National Assembly for harmonisation nor communicated his intention whatsoever on the bill.
Recently, he signed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), now Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which was on 16th August, 2021, while the last bill assented to was the Agricultural Research Council Amendment Bill (2021) which was signed into law on 8th October, 2021.
Constitutionally, lawmakers have inherent powers to overrule or veto the President on unassented bill that is in the interest of citizens, but it couldn’t be confirmed if the Senate would consider overruling the President on the Electoral Offences Commission bill, given its importance to the 2023 general election.
In the highlight of the bill, it states that the Commission will investigate election crimes, prosecute culprits and maintain records of electoral offenders.
It is recalled that there was jubilation across the nation over the provision of the bill which prescribes a 20-year jail term for ballot box snatchers during elections, if found guilty as well as sponsors of the crime.
The bill also proposed that any candidate or agent who damages or snatches ballot boxes, ballot papers or election materials before, during and after an election without the permission of the election official in charge of the polling station, shall be jailed for 20 years or fined N40 million.
Moreso, if the bill wasn’t signed or vetoed before the end of the session on May 29, 2023, it would lapse with the session.
COVID-19 vaccination not from pit of hell – APC group replies Pastor Paul Enenche
A group, APC Mandate Defenders has reacted to the statement attributed to Dr. Paul Enenche, the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, claiming that compulsory COVID-19 vaccination is from the pit of hell.
In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said the central idea behind the vaccination is to save lives as Jesus Christ would have done if he were to be alive in this generation.
It said compulsory vaccination is not from the pit of hell.
The statement noted that as a spiritual father, the group was very proud of Pastor Enenche for leading the Christian folks back to God, especially the several charitable works and donations made during the lockdowns, but then, the pastor ought to have known that COVID-19 is still virulent and is constantly looking for who to kill on a daily basis.
“However, we’re praying that God will further open the spiritual eyes of pastor Enenche and other men of God opposed to compulsory vaccination so that they can see how deadly the virus is and probably recommit themselves to the ongoing battle against the virus,” the statement added.
DAILY POST reports that Enenche had said that the move to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for everyone across the globe is a demonic agenda from the “pit of hell”.
The clergyman made the assertion during the ‘Early Will I Seek You’, a daily programme at the church’s headquarters, Glory Dome, Abuja on Friday.
Alleged environmental degradation: Court to hear case against UNN Dec. 2
A High Court sitting in Nsukka, Enugu State has fixed December 2, 2021, to hear a case against the University of Nigeria, UNN, over its actions said to be allegedly threatening the existence of Obukpa community, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
DAILY POST reports that Obukpa is one of the host communities.
The suit No N/86/2020 was filed by Hon Nnaemeka Aleke, seeking to restrain the UNN and Viagem Property and Investment Limited from further development of the 11,900-room hostel over alleged environment degradation in Obukpa Community.
This is even as the Eze of Obukpa, His Majesty, Eze-Agu John Ugwuidenyi, also pleaded with the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to the suit as a result of flooding which the siting of the said hostel was causing in his community.
Justice Mathew C.O Eluke, who presided over the case, adjourned it to 2nd December, 2021, to enable the parties involved reconcile areas of differences.
While explaining the reason for the adjournment during an interview the Counsel to the Plaintiff, Barr C. I Odo, said “There are multiplication of applications pending before the court.
“We have made the court understand that because of the challenge to what we filed earlier, the University of Nigeria is saying that we have given the institution a wrong name. As a result of that, we have decided to amend the name to bring it properly, such that they won’t have any complaint again. That was the application the court took and agreed that the name has been properly amended.
“The institution is saying that they are not University of Nigeria, Nsukka, but the University of Nigeria, and must be properly addressed as such in the suit filed.
“We filed the interim and the interlocutory injunctions but because we were not able to take the interim injunction at the initial time before its lifespan of seven days, it has expired. We have withdrawn it.
“We have served them the interlocutory injunction which has mandated the defendants to tell the court why they should not stop work on the construction of the hostel pending the hearing and determination of the suit. That is why it was put on notice.
“The defendants have filed a paper asking the court not to stop them because the hostel is a good project they have brought to accommodate the students and defeat the accommodation challenges which the institution is facing.
“We are not against that. We are only saying that the project they brought to the university should not march on our heads. The project has blocked free flow of water in Obukpa community. As a result, flooding is now pulling down buildings, and destroying properties. It has put the lives of the people of Obukpa Community in danger.
“The community is demanding N1 billion for the damages already caused, and we are saying that if they must continue, they should come and produce erosion channels and embankments which would contain the flooding that would be coming from the property into the community,” he said.
Also, the monarch, Ugwuidenyi, in an interview, stated that the flooding which he attributed to the ongoing construction of the hostel, had continued to ravage properties in his community, adding that his people would not take anything less than the injunction which would mandate the first and second defendants to meet the conditions his community had put to them before continuing with the project.
“I am pleading with the court to grant an injunction to the suit No N/86/2020 filed by my son, Hon. Nnaemeka Aleke, which seeks to restrain the University of Nigeria, and Viagem Property and Investment Limited, being the first and second defendants respectively, from further development of the hostel which has channelled flooding to my community until the defendants meet the conditions the community has tabled to them.
“The environmental degradation the said construction is causing to my community is unbearable as flooding continues to wreak havoc, threatening our lives and properties.
“My community will not take anything less than the injunction in the next court appearance scheduled for 2nd December, 2021,” he said.
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